The police have launched a probe into an MP Mohamed Ismail’s apparent admission of bribery from the ruling coalition in March last year.
The Maldives Development Alliance MP caused outrage when he declared during a televised parliament sitting that he had carried “sacks of money” to opposition MPs.
A police spokeswoman confirmed that an investigation is underway after a complaint was filed anonymously. She declined to disclose further details.
MP Ismail was unavailable for comment.
The remarks came on March 6 during a debate on a motion calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the theft of nearly US$80 million from the state-owned tourism promotion company.
“I carried and distributed the money, and they all took it,” he had said during the heated debate.
The anti-corruption watchdog said at the time that it would launch an inquiry. But lawmakers cannot be prosecuted over statements made during parliament sittings.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent